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Giffords gunman made online rants before killing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:27

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2014 file photo, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords testifies before a Washington state House panel in Olympia, Wash. Jared Lee Loughner carried out the shooting rampage in Tucson that killed six people and wounded Giffords and 12 others on Jan. 8, 2011. Newly released law enforcement documents show how Loughner was unraveling in the month before the rampage, including issuing paranoid, expletive-filled Internet rants about killing and the government. The FBI released the documents Thursday, April 10, 2014, in response to media requests for the investigative files into the shooting. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)PHOENIX (AP) — The man who shot former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was unraveling in the months before the rampage, issuing paranoid, expletive-filled Internet rants about government conspiracies, suicide and killing police, according to new law enforcement documents released Thursday.


2 people injured in shooting near Ohio school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:24
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A teenager and a man were shot Thursday afternoon outside an elementary school close to when its students were to be dismissed.

Man who says he killed 40 won't divulge associates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:11

This undated photo provided by the Tulare County, Calif., District Attorney shows Jose Manuel Martinez. Prosecutors are calling this Central California man a contract killer and have charged him with murdering nine people in three counties. Tulare County Assistant District Attorney Anthony Fultz said Tuesday, April 8, 2014, that Martinez, 51, carried out a killing spree between 1980 and 2011, targeting victims in Tulare, Kern and Santa Barbara counties. Martinez is now being held in Alabama, awaiting trial in a 2013 killing, and Fultz said officials in Florida also want him on suspicion of committing two murders there in 2006. (AP Photo/Tulare County District Attorney)FRESNO, California (AP) — A man in an Alabama jail who has confessed to killing dozens across the country did not name the drug cartels he said employed him, a detective said.


U.S. Navy looks to leverage submarine work to keep costs down

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:06

US Navy handout photo of the USS Hawaii in Subic BayBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy hopes to save money and time by leveraging industry investments as it replaces its Ohio-class nuclear-armed submarines with the Virginia-class attack submarines now built by General Dynamics Corp and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. Navy chief weapons buyer Sean Stackley told the Senate Armed Services Committee's seapower subcommittee on Thursday that Navy officials were studying ways to drive down the cost of the new submarine, including a combined purchase that would include another batch of Virginia-class submarines. The congressional Government Accountability Office estimated last month that it would cost $95 billion to develop and build a dozen new submarines to replace the current fleet of Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines as they begin to retire in 2027.


Los Angeles County deputies shoot unarmed man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:31
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot to death a hostage who was fleeing from a knife-wielding attacker at a West Hollywood apartment, authorities announced Thursday.

Los Angeles County deputies shoot unarmed man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:31
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot to death a hostage who was fleeing from a knife-wielding attacker at a West Hollywood apartment, authorities announced Thursday.

Woman in shoe stabbing case describes killing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:15

Ana Trujillo reacts after being found guilty of killing her boyfriend, after the jury deliberated less than two hours, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Houston. Trujillo, 45, was found guilty of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the stiletto heel of her shoe, hitting him at least 25 times in the face. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer)HOUSTON (AP) — A woman convicted of fatally stabbing her Swedish-born boyfriend with a 5 ½-inch (14-centimeter) stiletto heel told jurors Thursday that she killed him to save her own life during a lengthy fight in which she was chased down, knocked into a wall and thrown over a couch.


Hillary Clinton dodges shoe during Las Vegas speech

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:08

Former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton looks towards the audience during her speech to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries in Las VegasA woman hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton on Thursday as the former secretary of state was delivering a speech at a Las Vegas hotel, but Clinton dodged it and continued with her remarks, a U.S. Secret Service spokesman said. Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie said the protester was not a ticketed guest for Clinton's speech at the Mandalay Bay hotel and had been spotted by Secret Service agents and hotel security guards before the incident.


Judge: California mistreating mentally ill inmates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:00
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Thursday that California's treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment through excessive use of pepper spray and isolation.

Los Angeles County sheriff deputies mistakenly kill man fleeing assailant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:50
An aspiring TV producer who was being held captive by a knife-wielding man in West Hollywood was mistakenly shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as he tried to escape his assailant, the sheriff's department said on Thursday. John Winkler, 30, was one of three men being held and attacked by a 27-year-old man with a knife at an apartment on Monday night, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said in a statement. "Believing Winkler was the assailant and the assault was ongoing and he would attack the entry team, three deputies fired their duty weapons at him." The deputies then heard sounds of a fight from the apartment and went inside to find the attacker, identified as Alexander McDonald, assaulting another person. Winkler was taken to a hospital, where he later died, the sheriff's department said.

Los Angeles County sheriff deputies mistakenly kill man fleeing assailant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:50
An aspiring TV producer who was being held captive by a knife-wielding man in West Hollywood was mistakenly shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as he tried to escape his assailant, the sheriff's department said on Thursday. John Winkler, 30, was one of three men being held and attacked by a 27-year-old man with a knife at an apartment on Monday night, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said in a statement. "Believing Winkler was the assailant and the assault was ongoing and he would attack the entry team, three deputies fired their duty weapons at him." The deputies then heard sounds of a fight from the apartment and went inside to find the attacker, identified as Alexander McDonald, assaulting another person. Winkler was taken to a hospital, where he later died, the sheriff's department said.

Judge says flashing headlights is free speech

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:25
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Hauling a truckload of logs to a Southern Oregon mill last fall, Chris Hill noticed a sheriff's deputy behind him and flashed his lights to warn a UPS driver coming the other way.

Coast Guard ends search for 2 men in Miss. River

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:21
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities on Thursday called off the search for two men who fell off a Mississippi River barge that overturned in northeastern Arkansas earlier this week, saying both are presumed to have been killed.

Several hundred gather at vigil for beaten driver

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:05

Cars enter local business at the scene of an attack on Wednesday at the street corners of Morang and Balfour on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Detroit. A suburban Detroit man was in critical condition Thursday with severe head injuries after a neighborhood mob beat and kicked him when he stopped to check on a 10-year-old boy who stepped from a curb into the path of his pickup. The 54-year-old man, whose name was not released, was being treated at a Detroit hospital as police scoured the east side neighborhood where he was attacked Wednesday afternoon. The boy, David Harris, was expected to recover from his injuries, according to Desmond Key, who said he was the 10-year-old's uncle. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — Several hundred people are gathering at a Detroit church to stand against racism and pray for a white motorist beaten by a black mob after he stopped to check on a child struck by his pickup truck.


Ex-Connecticut governor charged in campaign scheme

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:04
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Former Gov. John G. Rowland, a rising Republican star before he resigned 10 years ago in a corruption scandal that sent him to prison, was indicted Thursday on charges he tried to hide his role in two congressional campaigns.

Police: 2 injured in shooting near Ohio school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:02
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say two people have been shot near a central Ohio elementary school, while a school district spokesman says no children were injured or involved in the shooting.

PG&E offers $250K reward in California grid attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:58

Gregg Lemler, vice president of transmission operations for Pacific Gas & Electric Co., listens to questions at a news conference in San Francisco, Thursday, April 10, 2014. PG&E offered a $250,000 reward on Thursday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in an attack nearly a year ago on phone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. offered a $250,000 reward Thursday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a startling attack mounted nearly a year ago on telephone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley.


Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman on late show

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:53

FILE - This Sept. 23, 2012 file photo shows TV personality Stephen Colbert at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball in Los Angeles. CBS on Thursday, April 10, 2014, announced that Colbert, the host of “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of “The Late Show.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — CBS moved swiftly Thursday to replace the retiring David Letterman with Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, who will take over the "Late Show" next year and do battle with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for late-night television supremacy.


Feds: Pipe tear caused 2009 oil refinery blast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:52
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 2009 explosion at a northern Utah oil refinery that knocked a neighboring home off its foundation and singed dozens of others began with a corroded pipe that went years without proper inspection, federal investigators say.

US warns Russia of tougher sanctions over Ukraine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:36

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference during the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings at IMF headquarters in Washington, Thursday, April 10, 2014. Lagarde said the global economy is finally turning the corner after a deep recession but the recovery remains too weak. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told his Russian counterpart on Thursday that Russia could face tougher economic sanctions because of its actions in Ukraine.